I'm used to the consumerism discussion being maximal vs. optimal, which I think is a good place to begin and ought to be a consensus topic in political or moral discussion, and this is a bit more indepth.

I've never considered consumerism as contra capitalism or transcending capitalism, in some ways it would make sense because, especially certain sorts of capitalism, there are elites who want to maxismise their own consumption, transgressing all norms and barriers to consumption including laws prohibiting slavery and exploitation along the way, while counting everyone else out of it.

So its novel to hear someone talk about it as a progressive force. Does that resonate with you? Does it seem credible? Does it link up with reality at all? I've not seen consumerism as leading to much more than mountains and mounting trash piles.